News Briefs: June 22

June 20, 2014 

Dollars available for recreation

From July 1 through Aug. 15, Johnston County government will accept applications for open space/recreation funds.

Priority will go to established groups, including town governments, public schools and rural athletic associations. The grants require a 5-percent match.

Applications are available in the county manager’s office, Room B-206, in the courthouse in Smithfield. Also, the application is available online under News & Events at

Schools make personnel moves

The Johnston County Board of Education approved a number of personnel moves at its June meeting. They are listed below by category.

Transfers – Michael R. Taylor, from principal of Smithfield-Selma High School to director of facilities management; Stephen Baker, from principal of Clayton Middle to principal of Smithfield-Selma High; Patty Stone Whittington, from principal of East Clayton Elementary School to director of elementary curriculum; Sheila Singleton, from principal of Benson Middle to principal of McGee’s Crossroads Middle; Elisha Y. Hope, from assistant principal of Smithfield-Selma High to assistant principal of South Campus Middle/High; and Michael S. Avery, assistant principal of Benson Middle to assistant principal of Four Oaks Elementary.

Principals (two-year contracts) – Ron Bryant Anthony, Benson Middle School; Jocell T. Flores, Clayton Middle School; Brian C. Johnson, Powhatan Elementary School; Brayton A. Leonhardt, East Clayton Elementary School; and Benjamin T. Williams, River Dell Elementary School.

Assistant principals (two-year contracts) – Dana Jernigan, South Johnston High School; Kenneth E. Sumler, Smithfield-Selma High School; and Cole Yarborough, Cleveland High School.

Johnson named to ECU board

Chris Johnson of Smithfield has been named to the East Carolina University Board of Visitors. He is a small-business owner and director of the Johnston County economic-development office.

Board members serve as ambassadors of the university in their home communities. They are chosen based on a personal track record of active support of the university and a demonstrated willingness to engage and influence others on behalf of the university.

“I’m honored by this appointment to serve East Carolina University, my fellow alumni and the citizens of Eastern North Carolina,” Johnson said.

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